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Mt Pilatus, Lucerne

Must see · Wildlife Area · Ski Area
For panoramic views of Lucerne and the surrounding region, take the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. During medieval times locals believed that a dragon lived at the summit of this soaring massif; several 17th-century accounts tell of a winged creature flying between the mount's caves. Today the towering mountain draws visitors with its walking trails, which range from extremely steep and challenging scrambles for serious adrenaline junkies, to easy hikes for everyone else. On clear days the hiking paths offer views that stretch as far as the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. You can also reach the summit by riding the aerial cableway or the panorama gondola, departing from the town of Kriens. The cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm only operates from mid-May till mid-November. The cable-car and gondola from Kriens up to Pilatus operates also in winter. Put Mt Pilatus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lucerne travel route builder app.
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  • the view from top was awesome! People were courteous kind friendly and nice! Price very reasonable to get the experience. the weather was gorgeous the day we went you could see over 100 miles even...  more »
  • In the summer of 1421 legends tell that an enormous dragon flew to Mt. Pilatus and crashed to the ground leaving behind the Dragon’s stone, an object with healing powers. Following the footsteps of...  more »
  • it was a fantastic experience especially climbing to such high altitudes. I had a lot of fun . to try  more »
  • Don't miss this if you are traveling to Lucerne!
  • Super views. Make sure to visit at least both peaks
  • A breathtaking view of Swiss Alps, must visit.
  • The view is amazing! And the toboggan ride on the way down is the best way to go!
  • Wonderful creation of god.. loved it

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